|Revolution Books / Libros Revolucion
146 West 26th St.
New York, NY 10001
212-691-3345 www.revolutionbooksnyc.org email@example.com
We would like to invite you to order the course books for your students through Revolution Books for the spring semester.
Right now several dozen professors do this from Hunter, CCNY, FIT, New School, NYU, Queens, Baruch, College of New Rochelle, CUNY Grad and others, introducing hundreds of students every semester to this unique bookstore and its mission. Honestly, how often have you heard (or said) – when BP’s oil poisons the Gulf, when US troops bomb another marriage party in Afghanistan, when Wikileaks exposes more government crimes than you can even take in over morning coffee – where are the students and youth, resisting all this, questioning, imagining a different way the world could be? Introduce them to a bookstore where this kind of discussion and debate happens all day and night after night – and where people can meet the movement for revolution.
One recent byproduct of professors introducing their students to Revolution Books was several hundred students attending the dialogue between Carl Dix and Cornel West on “In the Age of Obama, Police Terror, Incarceration, No Jobs, Miseducation: WHAT FUTURE FOR OUR YOUTH?” at Harlem Stage in October. This was one of 120 events the bookstore sponsored in the past year, including evenings with David Harvey, Sunsara Taylor, Chris Hedges, Johanna Fernandez with her new film on Mumia Abu-Jamal, novelist Ngugi wa Thiong’o, playwright Wally Shawn ("After 'Change You Can Believe In,' Wally Shawn reads from his book Essays and discusses human nature with a communist.") In the coming year, we have many other programs planned including a benefit by writer Junot Diaz on February 9th.
But right now, when the world cries out for radical change, this bookstore is in peril of closing. We must raise $70,000 by the end of January, and one essential form of support is ordering your course books from Revolution Books. Our store has access to all publishers, and we will come to your classroom to sell the books. As an educational foundation, Revolution Books doesn’t charge sales tax. We try to keep prices down which we know is a major concern for most of you. But, the greatest benefit for students and faculty and society at large is the bookstore itself – a place which opens up critical space and introduces revolutionary possibility at a time when this has been largely written out of the public discourse.
Scientific and poetic, wrangling and visionary, Revolution Books is a place to find the books and engagement on why the world is the way it is and how it could be radically different. Central to this is a new synthesis of revolution and communism developed by Bob Avakian, aimed at overcoming all the exploitation and oppression of the current world while giving great scope to intellectual work, ferment, and dissent as integral to human emancipation.
So, please order your course books through Revolution Books. As one professor from the New School put it to us the other day: “Barnes & Noble is in business to make money; your bookstore is about making a profound difference in the world.”
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